Veterans and current military can use any of 134 California state parks free of charge on Memorial Day, which is Monday.

The free admission includes state vehicular recreation areas, the California State Railroad Museum, and Valley attractions such as Millerton Lake.

“Thank you to the brave men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “In their honor, State Parks is offering military individuals complimentary admission to some of the most amazing places within California’s State Park System.”

Veterans and military must show a valid military ID, or proof of discharge for free admission.

Parks Will Be Crowded

Large crowds are expected this weekend despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Park officials remind people that some pandemic mandates remain in place:

    • In indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
    • Face coverings are not required outdoors for fully vaccinated people when attending crowded outdoor events.
    • Face coverings are required for unvaccinated people outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Also, leave areas as you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

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